I find I close my eyes to “enhance” my other senses. If I’m trying to hear a barely audible voicemail, for example, I often close my eyes. I always assumed that I was merely reducing visual stimuli and hence freeing up my brain to devote more resources to listening. That might be true, but new research suggests that the reality is more complex. Shutting one’s eyes causes one to actually go into a different state of mind, according to researcher Talma Hendler, a neuroscientist and psychiatrist at Tel Aviv University in Israel. […]